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Title: William Gilkison, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileGilkinson, William/104
SenderGilkinson, William
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex, Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.410038
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count786
Transcript[Front of envelope]

Mr James A Smyth
Essex Essex Co
Ontario Canada

10 0
AP 19

[Postage Stamp]
[Postage and Inland revenue]
One Penny

[Back of envelope]

AP 19
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[Page 1]

April 19th 1899

Dear Cousin
In answer to
your letter which I received
a few days ago was glad to
hear from you once more. We
are all well here at present
Your father is able to go about
and do a little work now but
he could not make a big race
yet as his leg is very stiff but
he will be allright [alright?]
after a while

[Page 2]
We have a very
bad spring here this year it
is raining constantly the land
is ready to swim The corn is not all
sowed yet and it is as bad today
as ever the Potatoes will be
very late if it does not soon
dry up we have none in yet
I see by your letter you dont
run about much on Sunday
but I do not wonder much
at that some of us dont run
much here now either as we
have very few places to go to

[Page 3]
Thomas and me used to go
Pretty often to Plumbridge
but the nights is got to [too?]
short now and its not a
very good place to go on
a Sunday evening we were
not in Gordons this long
time William and John Charles
goes a [sic] odd time John seems
to be getting along well with
Tilda I think he will beat
all of us at courting he can
coax them very well I was
telling Mary Jane that you were
asking about them she said

[Page 4]
hir [her?] Father always liked you
better than any of the rest
and wonders you did not forget
about them like myself William
is very often in [N----?] [-o--?] now
and here [there?] is some good fun abut
[about?] then old Cathrine [Catherine?]
says that him and Mary Jane is [Clippers?] You
say you are not much of a
favourite among the ladies
over there well I think they must
be very hard to Please for they
are not such beauties themselves
I see it is the fashion for the
boys to keep their hair long
well you may keep yours long

[Page 5]
while you are there but when
you come home you must
get it cut as it is not the
fashion hire [here?] You will not
have to ask me to speak
to any of the girls here for
you unless you are greatly
changed since you lift [left?] I
think when they see you there
will be very little left for me
to do but we will see all
about that after you get back
I hope you will get through
all right again July

[Page 6]
The stillers got it pretty
sharp this time They were
fined in [sic] £6 each so that
will put a stop to such
work and I think it is time
it is a shame to see Protestants
going on in such a way
I wish you were hire [here?] to help
me to put an end to the
Cards They are at them
every night when they are
not in our house they are
at them in your house I
have told them twenty times
if they would not quit them

[Page 7]
I will burn them but
there is too many of them
against me. Miss Dunne
is getting along very well
with the school they all
passed this year She
has been very ill this last
month they did not expect
her to get better but she is
allright [alright?] now We get no
word from Miss Dunbar
at all now Beck was up
in Mrs Dunnes for two weeks
and she never came up

[Page 8]
only about an hour one
evening They think the
People are not big enough
quality The Miss McFarlands
are getting on well in New York
if you would think of writing
to them I could send you their
directions I am sure they would
be glad to hear from you
I dont think any of us will go to
Paris it would [sic] to [too?] expensive
We will be done with the road
in another year and you may
be sure we will not bother with
it again unless the County Council
makes a change for the [better?] but
am afraid it will be worse
No more at Present
But remains You [Your?] Cousin

Willie Gilkison

[Written at top of Page 1]
There is not much news in this letter but
I will writ [write?] soon again and tell you
all the news I can. excuse this scribble as
I am in a Hurry

[Written on seperate note]

Aunt Matilda is dead
she was only lying about
four days it was very
sudden I was up ploughing
about two weeks before she
died and she was looking
quite well but it is in a short
time that death comes